FAQs

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What are the requirements for entering the community?

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In order to enter our community the following requirements must be met:

  • At least 18 years of age and usually not over 35
  • High School diploma or its equivalent
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Not married and does not have children

In addition to these basic requirements, a candidate must be able to live community life and develop a deeper prayer life.

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How often do you get to see your family?

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During the first 3 years of formation our families can come to visit once in the Fall and once in the Spring. We also get to go on a home visit for two weeks every year, with the exception of the canonical novice.

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What can you bring when you enter the Convent?

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Before entering, the Candidate is given a list of items to bring, such as plain black shoes, a black sweater, etc. Sisters do not typically have personal cell phones or other electronic devices. Items such a spiritual books and CD's are usually welcome.

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Will I still be able to contact my family?

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Postulants and Novices are not permitted e-mail or internet access. They are permitted to write and receive letters from family members. Phone calls are also permitted on holidays such as Christmas and Easter. After a Sister makes her profession of vows, she may contact her family more frequently.

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What does it mean to be a Franciscan?

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It means that we follow the way of life set out by St. Francis of Assisi. To be a Franciscan is to love the Lord as your only treasure. St. Francis had a great love for the Lord Jesus in his Incarnation, in the Eucharist and on the Cross.

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What is your daily schedule like?

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The daily schedule varies for those engaged in active apostolates.

5:30 am Meditation
6:00 am Lauds (Morning Prayer)
6:25 am Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
7:00 am Adoration and Rosary
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Work Assignments
10:00 am Class
11:00 am Choir
11:45 am Midday Prayer
12:00 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Class
1:45 pm Personal time for prayer, taking a walk, spiritual reading, classwork
3:30 pm Afternoon Work Assignments
4:30 pm Spiritual Reading
5:00 pm Rosary
5:25 pm Vespers (Evening Prayer)
5:45 pm Benediction
6:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Recreation
7:00 pm Compline (Night Prayer)
9:30 pm Lights Out

Sisters rise during the night for hours of Eucharistic Adoration.

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How do I know whether or not I have a vocation to the Religious Life?

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Through prayer, receiving the Sacraments and good spiritual direction, you can come to hear the Lord's call to Religious Life. Once you discern that Religious Life might be a possibility, it is important to discern your charism and visit Religious communities.

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What work do the Sisters do?

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The Sisters are engaged in Perpetual Adoration and the Works of Mercy such as healthcare and education.